Mercedes-Benz is building a sports car to rival the fastest and most expensive vehicles in the world, including wild machinery like the Bugatti Chiron, Ferrari 812 Superfast, McLaren Senna, and Aston Martin Valkyrie. With its combination of four electric motors and turbocharged 1.6-liter V-6 engine, this Formula One-inspired machine delivers more than 1,000 horsepower to all four wheels. It also has an estimated top speed of approximately 217 mph.
Now, this stunning Mercedes finally has a name to go along with its incredible specifications. Formerly known as the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the production model will officially be called simply the Mercedes-AMG One.
First exhibited during the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, the Project One concept car stole the show thanks to its incredible design and jaw-dropping powertrain. We called this two-seat, mid-engine supersports car “beautiful” when we first saw it, and that designation holds true as the Mercedes-AMG One nears official production.
Low and lean, the body features aerodynamic aids to help keep it pinned to the ground when traveling at maximum speed. One of the most dramatic items is a large air intake, mounted above the cockpit, which tapers into a menacing, sharklike central fin toward the rear of the car. This feeds air directly to the 1.6-liter V-6 engine. The rev-happy engine includes one electric motor affixed to its turbocharger, with another connected directly to the engine itself.
Working in combination with two electric motors mounted at the front of the car, this all-wheel-drive and hybrid-powered vehicle will offer performance that’s more than a match for its stunning exterior. Inside, the heavily sculpted seats are covered in microfiber, while the minimalist dashboard is dominated by two tablet-shaped screens, one directly in front of the driver and the other in the center of the dash itself.
The square-shaped steering wheel is rectangular, like the ones found in modern F1 cars, and is covered in a wide array of dials and buttons. There are also a pair of paddle shifters to control the eight-speed automatic transmission. You’d better have quick reflexes, however, considering the V-6 engine is capable of revving to a dizzying 11,000 rpm. Luckily, a row of shift lights is located at the top of the steering wheel to give an added visual clue as to when you need to work those paddles with supercar-levels of speed.
Mercedes has not confirmed an exact on-sale date or price for this, the German automaker’s most spectacular of sports cars. We expect first deliveries to begin early in 2019 and a price that starts near, or slightly above, $1 million per copy.